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Christchurch Medical students conduct free health checks

Wednesday 29 March 2017 10:09am

Some of the Christchurch campus Medical students who volunteered at Christchurch's recent Polyfest event (from left) Brogan Maoate, Kyla Matenga, Damaris Dekker, Charlotte Fakahau, Mosana Evagelia and Priya Deo.

Pacific Island Medical students from the University’s Christchurch campus recently volunteered their time - giving free medical checks to people attending the Polyfest event.

A group of 10 students took people’s blood pressure; measured their weight, percentage of fat, body mass index and muscle mass; and handed out health promotion pamphlets at the annual celebration of Polynesian music, dance, costume and culture.

Brogan Maoate is a Fifth-Year Medical student and a member of the Christchurch branch of the Pacific Island Health Professional Students Association (PIHPSA). Miss Maoate says PIHPSA members in Christchurch meet every fortnight. The group decided to volunteer at Polyfest as part of its efforts to become more involved in the local Christchurch Pacific community.

She says Christchurch campus researcher Allamanda Faatoese has great connections with community and helped them organise the Polyfest stall. Dr Faatoese is running the Pasifika Heart Study, which will for the first time measure the heart health profile of Pasifika people living in the South Island.

Maoate says the Polyfest event was a success with many people getting free health checks

She and other Christchurch PIHPSA members hope to make it an annual event.